Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Ask, and ye shall receive . . .

The latest edition of the some canadian guys podcast contains, for the second week in a row, a reference to yours truly. The trio of squizz, Grant and Jamie spend some time discussing Jonathan de Guzman (and also a sitcom in which that Jono and this one switch places -- he blogs, I suit up for the Dutch national team).

But the crux of that moment of broadcasting perfection was a question. The question: What's up with Jonathan de Guzman these days? Why haven't I heard anything about him recently? Will he ever suit up for the Oranje?

The question was asked in the discussion about a new FIFA ruling that allows players to change countries after having played official matches with a youth team, after the age of 21.

The story with the younger De Guzman in 2008/09:

He had a pretty miserable season. He was on the fringes of the lineup in the early season due to some minor injuries, making only two appearances. He had knee surgery in January and recently returned to the training pitch for the first time.

He is expected to be ready for the opening of the 2009/10 season. His position with Feyenoord is less clear. Certainly, having missed a season with a major injury, De Guzman has lost a little lustre. I spent some time reading a thread on a PSV fan forum regarding a potential transfer.

Feyenoord fans are now enamoured with a wunderkind with the unlikely name of Georginio Boateng Wijnaldum, who plays a similar role to De Guzman. Wijnaldum is Dutch, and could easily receive a call to the senior Oranje side before Jonathan.

My completely uninformed speculation is that if De Guzman doesn't receive a call up to the Dutch set-up (already qualified for WC 2010 and thus probably more likely to try out new players) in the next calendar year, he may be willing to consider other options. He did spend most of his rehab period in Canada, if that is any sign of where his true allegiances lie.

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